The upward movement of spring

Spring has sprung and we are all feeling it. Some, I am sad to say, have allergies, so they feel it in a different way. The happy blissful way I feel it is in the wakening of the earth. Apparently so do my children. Walking down to the bus stop one morning my daughter of 11 years said, “look, the tree’s are waking up, isn’t it beautiful?” This was of course, music to my ears! She was referring to the bright green new leaves, which at this point are nearly fully flushed out.

One of my most favorite colors in the world, which occurs in my yard nearest the wood line during early spring, is the color of newly emerging grass. I would describe this color as emerald green. The blades of grass are so tender and supple. They actually shine they are so radiant with new life. As it should be for new life with vibrant  health. No wonder that new life is arriving now.  The good Mother does have a plan!

Rain showers are still with us. This is good. Nothing like a good long steady soaking rain. We received over 2.5″ (probably more) in about three days.This is not too much for me. I should be able to get back to planting in the next few day. I need to give the rain a few days to soak in fully. Just the perfect amount of rain to pull any lingering weeds.

One of my most favorite weeding tools, the stir-up hoe. So very effective when the soil is soft. Thank you rain for that. Easy tool to use, push or pull it just below the soils surface. It cuts the weed off. Most of the time I can simply leave the weed laying there to decompose in that spot. Perfect!  A word of advice, make sure the blade stays sharp so you will not have to work extra hard. If you have not worked with a dull tool before give it a go, just to see the difference, or take my advice and keep it sharp. A word of caution about this tool, it works! Be mindful of the plants that may be emerging around where you are working. It is so very easy to get overly zealous and cut down plants you were not intending to cut down. I would recommend looking a little ahead of where you are getting ready to use the hoe, just like when driving.

The stir-up hoe was one of the gifts my dear father seemed to really appreciate that I gave him. It’s difficult to give a gadget guy something they haven’t already purchased for himself. I truly felt a feeling of accomplishment when my dad, a retired (only by means of people not paying him) landscaper, found my gift of a weeding tool was a new treasure.

I can not say what exactly happen this winter with the honey bee’s. It seemed that one colony lived and the other, well, perhaps died and was taken over by a swarm. I have lost a fair share of colonies over the past eight years. Not sure why they have all died, but it looked to me that these girls may have starved to death. Many of them had their faces and part of their bodies “stuck” in the comb. Poor dears, what a way to go!

capped honey

capped honey and pollen with bee’s hard at work

My friend, Veronica, husband Tim, and I harvested about ten pounds of honey from just four frames. The next day we placed the harvested frames back into the honey super. Hope we will have more to harvest in July!

The bee’s seem to be doing well. Fingers crossed we will have gentle showers, as not to wash all the pollen and nectar out of the flowers so that the bee’s can do what they do now for their winter life.


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